We don't tend to seek out restaurants outside our usual 10-mile radius, but when I read about Sideboard in Diablo Magazine, it looked like it might be worth the trip to Danville. I didn't even know what kind of trip we were in for: going there on a Thursday evening, I knew we'd hit some kind of rush hour traffic, but it was particularly bad. Then, once we got to Danville, it turned out to be the night of the annual classic auto show, blocking off the very street where Sideboard is and making parking unbelievably bad. Did I mention there was an unhappy baby in a carseat in the back the whole time?
Once we actually got to the restaurant, things improved considerably: we found an outdoor table, and our food came relatively quickly. I'd read reviews on Yelp that praised the food but took the restaurant to task for the servers' attitude. The restaurant may have taken those critiques to heart, because our service was pleasant, courteous, and very accommodating: they cared enough to ask why we hadn't eaten our gazpacho, and when we replied that it was delicious but too spicy, they offered to replace it with something else. (The soup really was good, and if spicy is your thing I would definitely recommend it.)
Everything else we had was spectacular: the mac (well, gemelli, I think) and cheese is among the best I've had; the skirt steak and chimichurri sandwich was amazing; the fries were great; and the tater tots, though less like tater tots and more like the potato puffs from Gregoire, were perfectly executed. We finished off with an ice cream sandwich that was a perfect cap to a warm summer evening.
It's a little more expensive than what the type of fare makes it seem like it would cost, but the quality totally justifies the price.
And the trek.
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